Seven candidates are vying for three open seats on the Park City Council. Political newcomer Daniel Lewis is one of them.
Lewis started working in Park City for his first job two decades ago when he was 16, and he moved from Kamas into Park City a couple years after. Lewis has held—and still does—many different gigs throughout town, most recently with Mountain Town Music, Park City Film and Park City Ghost Tours. Lewis says he wants to represent working-class Parkites in the Council chambers.
“And I would really like to let the citizens of Park City know, my best friends, everybody that you see at all the wonderful restaurants and bars across Park City, that they have a voice and that they can talk to me on the street and voice their opinion,” Lewis said.
This is the first time Lewis has run for office—he also hasn’t served on any City boards or commissions, though he has participated in Leadership Park City. But Lewis says he can bring an on-the-ground perspective to what he views as the City’s biggest issues for the Park City workforce: social equity and housing.
“You're living to work in Park City and working to live—the rent is high, and you'll always be spending your money on rent," Lewis said. "And with that, I really would like to show that people are struggling, and sometimes nobody seems to care, and I care.”
By the end of the municipal elections filing period last week, six other Park City residents, in addition to Lewis, had filed declarations of candidacy: current City Councilmembers Nann Worrel and Becca Gerber; Max Doilney; Chadwick Fairbanks III; Deanna Rhodes; and Ed Parigian.
Because there are seven candidates for only three open seats, a primary election will take place in August to remove one candidate from the running, sending six to the November general election.